NASA announced that September 2017 to September 2018 is A Year of Education on Station for the International Space Station (ISS), featuring a variety of education-related events for students and teachers. Astronaut Richard (Ricky) Arnold, a volunteer board member for the Project WET Foundation, will be the educator on board the ISS for the latter half of this year—from March to September 2018. Given Project WET’s connection with Ricky, the Project WET Foundation seized the opportunity to enhance educational activities relating to water and the ISS’s Year of Education on Station. For more information about these educational offerings see descriptions below.
About the Water Use Challenge
To get you started on this journey with Ricky, Project WET designed The Water Use Challenge, a fun and interactive digital trivia challenge for ages eight and up. Do you know how much water you use in a day? How much water does Ricky use in space? The answers may surprise you—take the challenge and find out!
Total Gallons of Water Saved
People who have taken the Out of this World Water Use Challenge
have pledged to save 8,671.58 gallons of water since March 20, 2018.
About the Out of this World Lesson Plan
About the Lesson Plan
The Out of This World Lesson Plan is available as a free download on the Project WET store. It is a compilation of Project WET activities relevant to grades K-12 that can be used to teach about water and relate the lessons to the ISS. Each of these water-focused lessons offer a platform for learning about how this precious resource relates to and is seen from space.
Several of the activities listed in the lesson plan are available for immediate download on the Project WET Store. Other activities are found only in the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, available to educators who have completed a workshop with a local Project WET partner. Contact your local Project WET Coordinator for information on workshops near you.
Resources and Materials to be used with the Lesson Plan
#AstroFriday started as a series of questions submitted by Project WET educators and answered by Astronaut Ricky Arnold about water in space and on Earth and how being an astronauts has shaped his views of water. Now you can also find all other blog posts relating to Ricky and the International Space Station in this space.
About ISS Photos
A series of blog posts will highlight certain photos that Ricky takes from the International Space Station (ISS). The photos are part of an ISS program that began in 1961, Crew Earth Observations (CEO). As NASA’s website explains, “Crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) photograph the Earth using digital handheld cameras from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface. Photographs record how the planet is changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth and reservoir construction, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions.” Before Ricky’s launch to the ISS, we asked Project WET’s global network for nominations of places to be photographed. As the photographs are taken, these posts will highlight why the area was chosen, what water issues exist there and how educators can teach about these places.